My fantasy…

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I have been reading through a terrific book, The Artist’s Way: A spiritual path to higher creativity, by Julia Cameron.  Written in 1992, this inspiring book on the subject of creativity is a provocative and invaluable guide for any aspiring artist as well as “non-artists”.

Cameron guides one through a process to inspire creativity.  The foundational activity is daily “morning pages”.  This constitutes writing three pages first thing every morning.  There are no rules to the morning pages; just write freely and whatever comes to mind.

The bedrock tool of a creative recovery is a daily practice called Morning Pages.  – Julia Cameron

I have been practicing this for the past few weeks, and it has been revolutionary for my writing as well as my mental and emotional state.

The experience is terrific!

On one morning, a few weeks ago, the question came to mind:

What would my fantasy day look like if I had the financial resources to do whatever I wanted to do?

Thus, my morning pages that day became a fantasy piece.  Here are the highlights of what I discovered about myself and my desires:

Wake naturally – no alarm clock (this is normally about 6 am for me)

Thank God for life and breath and salvation.  Stretch and take 3 deep breaths

Breakfast (featuring slow carbs) and freshly ground, French-pressed coffee – delicious!

Bible reading/prayer and journal

Write morning pages

Tidy up (always clean your bowl), dress, check email and calendar

One hour vigorous walk

Stop by coffee shop, update on today’s news, socialize, update blog

Back home to write for an hour or two

Lunch

Odd jobs around the residence (wherever that may be house, condo, tiny house or RV)

Afternoon: Exploring, volunteering, new writing projects, grocery stop, exercise/stretching

Dinner and correspondence

Write another hour

Reading and preparing for the next day, evening quiet time

Bed at 10

The point of writing out this little exercise is the realization that I can live a portion of my fantasy today.  I don’t have to wait for some other situation to develop before I begin to embrace my “fantasy”.  I don’t need to wait for enough money, better health, fewer obligations, better relationships, etc, etc, etc.

Today may be my last day here on earth, and how will I use it?

Today is the day to start living one’s dream.  The only person responsible to make it happen is yourself and the choices you make.

The following quote presents a great perspective on how we should live each day.  The obstacles of life are inevitable.  We need to be about the business of living each day to its fullest.  Embrace the dream.

For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin — real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin.   At last in dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.  - Fr. Alfred D’Souza

Living a simple life without the clutter and noise that consumerism, advertising, and modern media thrust at you provides space in your life.  It gives you room to do that which matters to you.  It allows you to remove the unnecessary obstacles of life.  It allows you to move closer to your fantasy day, because you have reduced the unnecessary and now have more freedom to make positive, deliberate choices.

What do you think?  Is there one thing that you can do today to live a piece of your fantasy day?

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